A few pictures of the Lares Trek – it’s an alternative route to the Inca Trail. Was pretty good fun, but I think the scenery and walking are nothing on the Inca Trail itself – the Inca Trail has a bit more varied scenery, including rivers and rainforest, and crosses three mountain passes. I think I’d like to come back and do the Inca Trail – it’d be amazing to finish at Machu Picchu.
The Lares Trek is more of a horse trail, and only goes over one major mountain pass – although this one pass is over 4400m high. The scenery looks much like the mountains in southern NZ.
Walking up to the major mountain pass on Day 2. As you can see, the trail is pretty much a horse trail most of the way. This was the major climb of the trip – a steady climb most of the way. Except at the end, where it gets really steep – perfect for those bursting lungs.
An Andean girl sitting just below the major mountain pass – kids like her sprint from the middle of nowhere to ask for biscuits, pencils etc. She was carrying a bucket of drinks and chocolate bars to sell us – I think she was doing a roaring trade.
Usually, the kids sprint from nowhere, when you can barely breathe, and they look like they’re barely out of breath. I can tell you that the altitude definately does affect you – even small inclines can set the old heart racing. Hopefully the altitude training will keep me in good stead for the mtbing in Euro-land.